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As an arts school, Columbia’s performances are reliably fresh, and the styles from troupes from around the world (and from the college) may include West African, break dancing, tap, jazz, Bollywood, and more. The setting is a 275-seat theater housed in an Art Deco building from the '30s, and every seat is a winner. The Dance Center, located at 1306 S. Michigan Ave. (www.colum.edu/dance_center; [tel] 312/369-8330), also hosts dance lectures and family-friendly workshops, like FamilyDance, where families can learn to bust a move from the pros.